AWS Security Blog

Category: AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

Federating Identity Management at Netflix with OneLogin

As one of our most active customers, Netflix has hundreds of administrators who need access to AWS daily. Therefore, by eliminating their need to use AWS credentials via identity federation, they saved time, money, and administrative effort almost immediately. They were able to use SAML and OneLogin, their existing identity management provider, to federate users […]

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Granting Permission to Launch EC2 Instances with IAM Roles (PassRole Permission)

When you launch an Amazon EC2 instance, you can associate an AWS IAM role with the instance to give applications or CLI commands that run on the instance permissions that are defined by the role. When a role is associated with an instance, EC2 obtains temporary security credentials for the role you associated with the […]

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With New ELB Permissions, Support for IAM in AWS Is Going Strong

The Elastic Load Balancing team announced on May 13, 2014 that they’ve added support for resource-level permissions. Not only can you specify which ELB actions a user can perform, you can specify which resources the user can perform those actions on. For more information about the new ELB permissions, see Controlling Access to Your Load […]

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How to Enable Cross-Account Access to the AWS Management Console

July 26, 2017, update: We recommend that you use cross-account access by switching roles in the AWS Management Console. Also see the related documentation: Switching to a Role (AWS Management Console). Last December we described how you can delegate access to your AWS account using IAM roles. Using IAM roles, you can take advantage of […]

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What to Do If You Inadvertently Expose an AWS Access Key

Keeping your AWS keys secure is one of the most important things you can do. This week Will Kruse, Security Engineer on the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) team, explains the steps to safeguard your account in the event you inadvertently expose your AWS access key. Your AWS credentials (access key ID and secret access […]

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IAM User Sign-in Page Changes

Today, AWS updated the sign-in experience for IAM users accessing AWS websites such as the AWS Management Console, Support, or Forums. As previously announced, the new sign-in experience continues to provide the same functionality as the previous one, it but provides a more consistent experience for IAM users when signing in to AWS account whether it […]

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An In-Depth Look at the IAM Policy Simulator

This week’s guest blogger, Ajith Ranabahu, Software Development Engineer on the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) team, presents an in-depth look at the IAM policy simulator. Many of you have asked about how to author and troubleshoot access control policies. To help with this task, last year we launched the policy simulator, which makes it easier […]

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Coming Soon! An Important Change to How You Manage Your AWS Account’s Access Keys

As part of our ongoing efforts to help keep your resources secure, on April 21, 2014, AWS removed the ability to retrieve existing secret access keys for your AWS (root) account. See the updated blog post Where’s My Secret Access Key? for more information about access keys and secret access keys. -Kai

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